Opponent: Maryland Eastern Shore
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Site: Hytche Athletic Center, Princess Anne, Md.
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Series Record: MSU leads the series 56-40
Live Stats: here
Live Stream: here
MSU Coaches: MSU – Kevin Broadus (56-53, 4th yr) • UMES – Jason Crafton (32-53, 3rd yr)
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com | www.easternshorehawks.com
SETTING THE STAGE
The Morgan State men’s basketball team (14-14, 6-6) will meet Maryland Eastern Shore (16-11, 8-4) in a road battle on Monday night at Hytche Athletic Center in Princess Anne, Md. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. It will mark the second meeting between the teams. UMES defeated the Bears inside Hill Field House, 72-58 (Jan. 30).
• Senior guard Isaiah Burke led four Bears in double-figures with 21 points, six assists and four boards in a 83-78 victory over Delaware State on Saturday afternoon at Hill Field House. Lewis Djonkam finished with 19 points (8-12), while junior guard Kamron Hobbs had 13 and Ty Horner added 10.
• Morgan shot 59-percent from the field and connected on 9-of-15 3-pointers (.600) while the Hornets shot 46-percent from the field and connected on 5-of-21 (.238) 3-pointers.
SCOUTING MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE
• Jason Crafton was announced as the head coach of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team on April 24, 2019. The 18-year-veteran of coaching spent this past season in the NBA ranks as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He spent the beginning of his career as an assistant at the United States Naval Academy and Villanova University.
• The Hawks finished the 2021-22 season with an 11-18 overall record and went 6-8 in conference play.
• Eastern Shore was picked sixth in the eight-team 2022-23 MEAC regular season standings … Senior Da’Shawn Phillip (Baltimore, Maryland) has earned preseason All-MEAC honors for the third consecutive season. Graduate forward Nathaniel Pollard, Jr. was named to the third team.
• Senior guard Kevon Voyles and graduate student guard Zion Styles lead the Hawks. Voyles is averaging 12.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field. Styles is currently averaging 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and is shooting 47.2 percent from the three.
• Da’Shawn Phillip is chipping in 10.1 points, 2.9 boards, and 1.6 assists, while 6-5 forward Nathaniel Pollard Jr. leads the Hawks on the glass by averaging 8.0 rebounds per contest (No. 2 in MEAC).
• UMES ranks among the top defensive teams in the league … the Hawks rank No. 1 in steals (10.8), No. 2 in scoring defense (66.3), No. 2 in opponent 3-point percentage (.319), and No. 4 in combined opponent rebounds (32.9).
• UMES’s Last Game — Feb. 25 — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team completed the season series sweep over Coppin State on Saturday, February 25, knocking off the Eagles by a 78-57 final. Tuka Nugent led the Hawk scoring effort, posting a game-high 21 points and sinking four threes. Zion Styles added 15 points and six rebounds.
• Monday’s contest will mark the 97th matchup between the schools … The Bears lead the series 56-40.
• The Bears last win against Eastern Shore was on Feb. 28, 2022 … Morgan State men’s basketball scored 48 points inside the paint and hit seven three-pointers to propel to an 82-48 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday night at Hill Field House. Lagio Grantsaan led the Bears with a game-high 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting and collected seven rebounds. De’Torrion Ware added 17 points and shot 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Malik Miller was 6 for 9 from the floor to finish with 14 points.
• Jan. 30, 2023 — Senior guard Isaiah Burke scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Bears, but UMES forward Nathaniel Pollard Jr. scored 22 points as Morgan was unable to hold off a second half surge as the Hawks pulled away with a 72-58 victory over Morgan State at Hill Field House. Burke was the only one to score in double-figures for Morgan as he finished 10-for-21 from the floor, including three 3-pointers on eight attempts. Daiquan Copeland chipped in 9 points (4-9 FG) and had three assists. David McCullough and Lewis Djonkam scored 8 points apiece. Collin Nnamene recorded a game-high six blocked shots and three boards for the Bears.
TWO PLAYERS AVERAGING DOUBLE-FIGURES
The Bears will enter Monday’s game against UMES with only one player averaging double-digits.
• Senior guard Isaiah Burke is averaging a team-high 19.0 points with 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and is shooting a league-best 43.8 percent from 3-point territory.
• Prior to going down with an injury at Howard (Jan. 21), senior guard Malik Miller was averaging 17.5 points to go along with 9.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals.
INVESCO QQQ LEGACY CLASSIC
The Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic, a college basketball showcase featuring Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) created by actor and producer Michael B. Jordan, WME Sports (the sports division of WME, an Endeavor company), Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, and Scout Sports and Entertainment, a division of Horizon Media, announced the second installment of the showcase will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
• This year’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) men’s college basketball showcase will feature Morgan State University versus Delaware State University and Norfolk State University versus Hampton University competing in a doubleheader airing on TNT.
• Morgan defeated Delaware State 75-65 before a crowd of 13,451 fans. Lewis Djonkam was named the HBCU Legacy Classic Most Valuable Player of the Game after posting a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds.
Offensively, Morgan ranks No. 2 in scoring in the MEAC by averaging 75.9 points thru 28 games.
• Morgan exploded for 130 points in its home opener versus Penn State Allegheny.
• The Bears are No. 4 in the MEAC shooting 45.6 percent from the field and rank No. 1 shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
• Senior guard Isaiah Burke (19.0 ppg) is leading the team and ranks nationally No. 46 in scoring.
• The Bears averaged 75.0 points (No. 2 in MEAC) thru 28 games during the 2021-22 season.
Defensively, Morgan State limits its opponents to scoring 72.3 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor and 30.5 percent from 3-point range, allowing 6.0 long distance strikes per night.
• Morgan’s defense ranks No. 1 in the country in turnovers forced (536 turnovers; 19.4 avg.); the Bears also rank No. 3 in steals per game with 277 steals (9.9).
• The Bears rank No. 34 in the nation with 130 blocks (4.6 blk/g).
• Morgan State has been outrebounded by the opponent by a -3.7 margin as the opponent has grabbed 1072 total boards (38.3 rebs/g) compared to the 968 total rebounds (34.6 rebs/g) secured.
• Last season, Morgan held opponents to 72.4 points per game (rank No. 6 in MEAC) and 43.7 percent shooting from the field (No. 8).
Through games played on Sunday, Feb. 26 the Bears rank No. 1 among all MEAC teams in 3-point shooting percentage (37.5%, 194-for-518).
• Isaiah Burke leads the conference shooting 43.8% from 3-point range (88-for-201).
• Burke, Malik Miller and Kamron Hobbs are the only Morgan players who have made at least 15 shots from 3-point distance this season… Burke leads the way with 88, Hobbs has 42, Miller has 18 3s.
• Last season, MSU ranked No. 6 in the MEAC in that category, having shot 31.3% from 3-point range in 28 contests.
• Morgan has started the 2022-23 season 10-1 at home.
• The Bears had an 11-game home winning streak snapped by UMES on Jan. 30.
• Morgan completed the 2021-22 season with an 8-3 mark inside Hill Field House.
• The last time the Bears lost at home was against North Carolina Central (74-64) … their previous loss was on Jan. 23, 2022 against Howard (91-82) on Jan. 23, 2022.
• The Bears registered a 8-8 record in their non-conference slate of games this season (Feb. 4 vs. Delaware State was officially logged as a non-conference contest).
• Morgan State went 5-8 in non-conference play a season ago.
• Last season, MSU went 4-0 at home, 0-7 in road games and 1-1 in neutral site games.
AT THE HELM
• Kevin Broadus is entering his fourth season at the helm of the program after being named as the men’s head basketball coach in 2019.
• The Broadus-led Bears team compiled several significant victories over non-conference competition in this most recent season, elevating the caliber of wins for a program that aims to compete at a championship level within the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Broadus demonstrated exemplary leadership while successfully overcoming a number of challenges at the onset of his tenure at Morgan, including having to navigate rebuilding a program under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• In Broadus’ debut season, Morgan State went 15-16, its largest victory total since 2013-14. Then in the midst of a pandemic, the Bears produced a 14-8 mark — their best winning percentage since going 27-10 and making the NCAA tournament in 2009-10. This past season, Morgan finished with a record of 13-15 overall, and placed fourth in the MEAC standings with a 7-6 record while advancing to the MEAC Tournament semifinals game.
• Prior to Morgan, Broadus worked at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has been one of the nation’s best recruiters as the top assistant on Mark Turgeon’s coaching staff. Broadus was influential in the successful NCAA tournament run for the Terps.
• Consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally for recruiting, Broadus was instrumental in signing a number of local Baltimore talents such as DeJuan Summers, Brandon Herbert, LaFonta Johnson, and Henry Sims.
• Trevor Moore (Houston, Texas), Sherwyn Devonish (Bladensburg, Md.), Lagio Grantsaan (Utrecht, The Netherlands), Seventh Woods (Columbia, S.C.), Chad Venning (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Keith McGee (Rochester, N.Y.), Elijah Bowens (Bowie, Md.), Myles Douglas (Edgewood, Md.) and De’Torrion Ware (Hopkinsville Ky.) wrapped up their Morgan careers last spring.
The Bears return four starters from last year’s team, bringing back guards Malik Miller, and Isaiah Burke. MSU also returns guards Will Thomas along with forwards Ty Horner and Collin Nnamene.
The Bears have added several newcomers to the 2021-22 roster: G Daiquan Copeland, G Kevon Wiggins,G Chase Williams, G Kamron Hobbs, G Robert Lawson, F Djonkam Lewis, F David McCullough, and F Khalil Turner.
RETURNING PRODUCTION NUMBERS
Morgan State returns 29.2 percent of its scoring, 28.7 percent of its rebounding and 29.0 percent of its minutes played totals from last year’s team. The team leaders in field goal percentage (Malik Miller – .552), three-point percentage (Isaiah Burke, .410), free throw percentage (Miller, .605), rebounding (Miller – 8.8 rpg), assists (Burke, 2.0), steals (Malik, 2.0), blocked shots (Miller, 0.7). and minutes played (Burke, 22.8). Two (2) players who started in at least five (5) games a year ago also return – Miller (16) and Horner (9).
Morgan State has seven players from the DMV (D.C., Maryland & Metropolitan-D.C.) area. Senior guard Isaiah Burke is from Annapolis and was a prep standout at Bowie HS, while senior guard Malik Miller hails from Washington, D.C. and played at Friendship Tech Prep. Junior guard Will Thomas is from Baltimore and played at Mervo HS. Bowie State transfer David McCullough is a product of Bowie, Md. and played at Riverdale Baptist HS. Freshman guard Chase Williams is from Waldorf, Md. and was a prep standout at Grace Brethren HS.
Morgan State head basketball coach Kevin Broadus‘ coaching staff consists of assistant coaches Chretien Lukusa, Keith Goodie and Larry Stewart.
• Lukusa enters his first year as associate head coach with Morgan State Basketball, after serving the previous three years as an assistant coach with the program.Prior to Morgan State, Lukusa spent five years on staff at Binghamton University, three years as an assistant. In his time at Morgan State, Lukusa has contributed many facets of the program, including recruiting, player development, and scheduling.
. A 2011 Binghamton graduate who also earned his master’s degree at the University, Lukusa returned to the program in 2014. After serving two seasons as the coordinator of player development, Lukusa earned a promotion to assistant coach in Summer 2016.
• Goodie enters his enters his first season as a member of Broadus’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Goodie comes to Morgan State after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Delaware State University from 2020-21 under head coach Eric Skeeters. Prior to the Hornets, he was a member of Todd Bozeman’s staff at Morgan State from 2007-to-2015.
• Stewart’s most recent stop was as an assistant coach at fellow Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member Maryland Eastern Shore (2019-21). A standout player at Coppin State from 1988-1991, Stewart led the Eagles to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990 and first ever National Invitational Tournament in 1991. Stewart signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards) in 1991.
Morgan State will have a coast-to-coast presence — and even make an international venture — during nonconference play.
• The Bears open Nov. 7 against Xavier, a Big East school coming off an NIT title. Three nights later, Morgan State begins its 12-game home slate against Penn State Allegheny.
• The Bears will also visit Virginia Commonwealth before playing two games in the Jamaica Classic on Nov. 18 and 20 before heading west to meet Loyola Marymount on Nov. 23. The highlight of the December slate is a Dec. 22 trip to Arizona, which is coming off a Pac-12 championship.
|• MEAC play begins Jan. 7 against North Carolina Central. Another January highlight is defending league champion Norfolk State’s trek to Hill Field House on Jan. 23.
• The final nonconference game is actually against a MEAC opponent. The Bears will meet Delaware State on Feb. 4 in the Invesco QQQ Legacy Classic in Newark, N.J. Morgan State closes the regular season with three out of its last four at home, including a Senior Night showdown March 2 against crosstown rival Coppin State, before its annual trip to the MEAC tournament March 8-11 in Norfolk, Va.
PREDICTED TO FINISH SECOND IN THE MEAC
The Morgan State men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s preseason poll.
• The 2022-23 Bears earned 81 total points in the voting. Norfolk State claimed 15 first place votes and 127 points total as the defending MEAC champions. North Carolina Central (102 pts) was selected second, followed by Howard in third place (93 pts). Coppin State (67 pts), Maryland Eastern Shore (46 pts), Delaware State (30 pts) and South Carolina State (30 pts) rounded out the league’s predicted order of finish.
• Senior guard Malik Miller was named to the preseason All-MEAC second team.
• The 2023 MEAC Basketball Tournament will be held March 8-11 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
HOW TO WATCH GAMES: All men’s and women’s basketball home games will be video streamed for free through the MorganStateBears.com website. The latest broadcast and video stream information will always be listed on men’s and women’s basketball schedule pages at MorganStateBears.com.
MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RADIO: All home games and select away games for MSU men’s and women’s basketball will once again be available through Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN.com). Lamont Germany will handle play-by-play responsibilities and will also host pre-game and post-game shows. Including exclusive interviews with members of the teams and women’s coach Ed Davis and men’s coach Kevin Broadus. Fans can download the HSRN app for free and listen to the MSU broadcasts from anywhere. Simply search for HSRN when using the iHeartRadio app.
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Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.